GAME HUB: Wheat Kings close out regular season with weekend series versus the ICE
The Wheat Kings host the Winnipeg ICE in Heritage Co-op Awards Night. This is the final regular season home game for the Wheat Kings and the final weekend of Junior hockey for Brandon locals Nolan Ritchie & Calder Anderson who will age out. Several team awards will be handed out throughout the game.
Catch the action beginning at 7:00pm from Westoba Place. Doors open at 6:00pm.
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2022/2023 Wheat Kings Regular Season Record: 26-32-8-0 Home: 12-16-5-0 Road: 14-16-3-0
Head Coach: Marty Murray | 18-17-6-0 WHL (Reg Season) games coached |
All-Time Record: 18-17-6-0 | Playoff Record: 0-0
REGULAR SEASON STATS LEADERS:
Goals (33) – Nate Danielson Assists (44) – Nate Danielson
Points (77) – Nate Danielson PIMS (135) – Matt Henry (Leads WHL)
Plus/Minus (13) – Quinn Mantei Shots (265) – Nolan Ritchie
Wins (21) – Carson Bjarnason Shutouts (3) – Carson Bjarnason
Save % (.899) – Carson Bjarnason Goals Against Average (2.99) – Carson Bjarnason
NEWS & NOTES:
Last Game: The Wheat Kings suffered a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Saskatoon Blades last Saturday evening. It was a game where the Blades got off to a hot start scoring a pair of goals but the Wheat Kings evened things up Nolan Flamand and Caleb Hadland scoring in the final couple minutes of the first period to tie it up at two. In the 2nd frame Blades forward Justin Lies would score with a wrist shot in the slot that would eventually be the game winner. Blades goaltender Ethan Chadwick shut the door, stopping all 20 shots he faced after the 1st period earning 2nd star. Wheat Kings rookie Evan Groening picked up a pair of assists, his first multi point game of his WHL career.
March 24th VS Winnipeg ICE: The Wheat Kings close out the regular season versus the Winnipeg ICE. Last matchup between these two clubs was Sunday March 12th in Winnipeg where the ICE were able to win 4-1 despite a great effort from the Wheat Kings who outshot the ICE. The ICE were able to score off a couple powerplay attempts giving them a comfortable 4-0 cushion heading into the third period. Nate Danielson scored the lone goal in the loss. This would mark the 13th straight loss against the Winnipeg ICE. Last victory over the ICE was December 27th, 2021 when the Wheat Kings stormed back to defeat the ICE 5-4 in overtime. Chad Nychuk scored a pair of goals including the game winner.
Rylen Roersma: 1 Goal away from tying a season high (19). 2 Games away from 150 played.
Kaydon Sadhra-Kang: Still looking for his first goal as a Wheat King.
Nolan Ritchie: 6 points away from tying last year’s high. 1 assist away from setting a personal single season record(44)
Nate Danielson: 1 point away from 150 in his career.
Called Up: Wheat Kings Top Prospect Joby Baumuller has been called up and will remain with the Wheat Kings for the rest of the season. The former 12th overall pick, Baumuller finished tied for 4th overall in goal scoring as a 15-year-old in the Saskatchewan U18 AAA Hockey League this year. Baumuller scored his 1st career WHL goal in a 10-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on March 11th . Then Baumuller added another versus the Regina Pats in front of his Notre Dame teammates on March 15th. Baumuller grew up just outside of Regina in Wilcox, Saskatchewan.
Who’s Hot: Zakhar Polshakov has 8 points in his last 8 games. Nolan Ritchie has 10 points in his last 9 games. Ritchie has 5 goals in 5 goals in 7 games. Andrei Malyavin has 5 points in his last 3 games and is on a 3 game point streak. Kayden Sadhra-Kang has 5 points in his last 5 games.
WHEAT KINGS VS ICE SCHEDULE
Sep. 24 Winnipeg 4 at Brandon 3 Final OT
Oct. 28 Winnipeg 4 at Brandon 1 Final
Oct. 29 Brandon 3 at Winnipeg 4 Final
Nov. 12 Brandon 3 at Winnipeg 8 Final
Dec. 17 Brandon 3 at Winnipeg 4 Final OT
Feb. 3 Winnipeg 7 at Brandon 6 Final OT
Mar. 4 Winnipeg 8 at Brandon 3 Final
Mar. 12 Brandon 1 at Winnipeg 4 Final
Mar. 24 Winnipeg at Brandon 7:00 pm CDT
Mar. 25 Brandon at Winnipeg 7:05 pm CDT
NOTABLE INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATS
Carson Bjarnason: 3rd in the WHL in shutouts (3)
Matthew Henry: 1st in the WHL with 135 PIMS
STEALS OF THE NIGHT
Just a reminder that our Family Pack is still available which includes 2 adult & 2 kids tickets for only $50. Also all single game tickets are now $5 off regular price this evening.